Masjid Appeal 2019

Masjid Appeal 2019

An Ignoramus is Better than a Person who has Knowledge But Does not Act – Shaykh Uthaymeen

Shaykh Uthaymeen said:

Verily, we all know that the intent of knowledge is action. Because knowledge is a means and action is the fruits. And if a person does not benefit with his knowledge, then an ignoramus is better than him. And many knowledge based issues are understood by most students, however they do not carry them out, whether it was in (issues of) worship, or dealings with the creation. And this there is no doubt is a deficiency; a deficiency, and a reason for deficiency, meaning deficiency in knowledge. For if a person was to act by his knowledge he benefits and his knowledge increases. So, whoever acts by that which he has learnt, then Allāh will forgive him for that which he did not know.

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Naseehah – [A Brief Faa’idah]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said:

The meaning of ‘Naseehah’ is Al-Khuloos [purity]. It is said that something is ‘Naasih’ meaning: It is free from deceit. And it is said: ‘Asalun Naasihun’ [Pure Honey]; Labanun Naasihun [Pure Milk]- meaning: Free from deceit and bad mixtures. This is how it is [with regards] to the religion of Islaam, for indeed it is free from every falsehood and deception, cheating and treachery. It is a pure and unadulterated religion. Likewise, the Muslim’s apparent [affairs] are the same as his hidden [affairs]- upon purity and safe from evil manners, treachery, betrayal and other than that. As for the one who cheats, deceives and plots, or his apparent [affairs] are in opposition to his hidden [affairs], this trait is not from the Religion. [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Minhatur-Rabbaaniyyah Fee Sharhi Ar-ba’een An-Nawawiyyah’- page 12]

 

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An Affair That Should Make Us Shy In The Presence of Allaah When The Nafs Inclines Towards Sin

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَلَقَدۡ خَلَقۡنَا ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ وَنَعۡلَمُ مَا تُوَسۡوِسُ بِهِۦ نَفۡسُهُ ۥ‌ۖ وَنَحۡنُ أَقۡرَبُ إِلَيۡهِ مِنۡ حَبۡلِ ٱلۡوَرِيدِ

إِذۡ يَتَلَقَّى ٱلۡمُتَلَقِّيَانِ عَنِ ٱلۡيَمِينِ وَعَنِ ٱلشِّمَالِ قَعِيدٌ۬

مَّا يَلۡفِظُ مِن قَوۡلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيۡهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ۬

And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). (Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being after he or she has attained the age of puberty), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions). Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it). [50:16-18]

Few Reminders from the above Aayaat:

Allaah [The Most High] informed us that He alone created human beings-males and females- and He knows all their state of affairs. He knows everything that is hidden about them and what their own souls whisper to them. Allaah [The Most High] is nearer to them than their jugular veins by His knowledge, even though the jugular vein is the closest thing to the human. Therefore, this should make the human being mindful of Allaah -the One Who knows all the hidden affairs in the soul and heart of the human being in all circumstances. This should also make the human being shy in the presence of Allaah -that he [or she] is not seen committing what Allaah has forbidden or abandoning what Allaah has commanded. [An Excerpt from ‘Tayseer Al-kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan’. Slightly paraphrased]

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Quraish’s Delegation to Heraclius – [A Brief Faa-idah]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Abdullaah Bin Abbaas [radiyallaahu-anhumaa] said, Abu Sufyan bin Harb informed me [i.e. about an incident that took place when he was not a Muslim] that Heraclius had sent a messenger to him while he had been accompanying a caravan from Quraish. They were merchants doing business in Sham (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan), at the time when Allah’s Apostle had truce with Abu Sufyan and Quraish infidels. So abu sufyan and his companions went to Heraclius at Ilya (Jerusalem). Heraclius called them in the court and he had all the senior Roman dignitaries around him. He called for his translator who, translating Heraclius’s question said to them, “Who amongst you is closely related to that man who claims to be a Prophet?” Abu Sufyan replied, “I am the nearest relative to him (amongst the group).” Heraclius said, ‘bring him [i.e. Abu Sufyan] close to me and make his companions stand behind him.” Abu Sufyan added, Heraclius told his translator to tell my companions that he wanted to put some questions to me regarding that man (The Prophet) and that if I told a lie they (my companions) should contradict me.” Abu Sufyan added, “By Allaah! Had I Not Been Afraid of My Companions Labelling Me A Liar, I Would Not Have Spoken The Truth About Him [i.e. The Prophet] [Sahih Al-Bukhaari: Book of Revelation. Hadeeth Number 7 Vol 1]

Abu Sufyan said: “By Allaah! Had I not been afraid of my companions labelling me a liar, I would not have spoken the truth about him [i.e. The Prophet] [Sahih Al-Bukhaari: Book of Revelation. Hadeeth Number 7 Vol 1]

Few Reminders From This Hadeeth Regarding Truthfulness

Regarding the statement of Abu Sufyan [radiyallaahu-anhu], “By Allaah! Had I Not Been Afraid of My Companions Labelling Me A Liar, I Would Not Have Spoken The Truth About Him (i.e. The Prophet)’’; Imaam Ibn Hajr [rahimahullaah] stated in Fat-hul Baari that this shows that they [i.e. the pagan Arabs] used to abhor lying [or used to consider it to be an ugly deed] either based on what they followed from the previous revealed laws [i.e. the path of Ibraaheem (alayhis-salaam) etc] or it was something abhorred in relation to their customs. [An Excerpt. For further details, see Fat-hul Baari]

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The Prophet Nurtured The Ummah Upon Truthfulness- [A Brief Admonition By Shaikh Rabee]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Al-Allaama Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] said:

Through [Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasalam], Allaah removed us from the darkness of Shirk, Fawaahish [i.e. lewdness, indecency, licentiousness, immorality] and Bidah; and evil deeds and bad manners, [such as] lying, deceit, quackery, trickery etc. And He [purified us] with pure [Islamic] monotheism and strong sincere Eemaan.

He [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] nurtured us upon truthfulness and took the oath of allegiance from us that we speak the truth wherever we may be, and He warned us against lies and evil deeds.

And from the recompense [given] to a liar is that which has been reported from the noble Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]- the person of high moral character- who said: ‘’I saw [in a dream]- two men came to me.’’ Then the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasalam] said, ‘’They said, ‘the person- the one whose cheek you saw being torn away [from the mouth to the ear] was a liar and used to tell lies and the people would report those lies on his authority till they spread [that lie] all over the world. So he will be punished like that till the Day of Resurrection.’’ [Reported by Imaam Al-Bukhaari: Number: 6096]

How numerous are those who tell lies today against the carries of Salafiyyah and its callers! They hinder men from the path of Allaah by way of these lies, [in order] to aid falsehood, spurious [stances, ideas, views etc], bidah, [views, stances, beliefs, ideas etc] that are destructive to the sound creed, [the sound] methodology and  virtuous manners.

[An Excerpt from ‘Al-Awaasim Mimmaa Fee Kutub Sayyid Qutb Minal-Qawaasim: page 4-5. slightly paraphrased]

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It May Be That You Dislike a Thing Which is Good For You and Like a Thing Which is Bad For You. Allah knows but you do not know 

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Alaah [The Most High] said:

وَعَسَىٰٓ أَن تَكۡرَهُواْ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَهُوَ خَيۡرٌ۬ لَّڪُمۡ‌ۖ وَعَسَىٰٓ أَن تُحِبُّواْ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ۬ لَّكُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يَعۡلَمُ وَأَنتُمۡ لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ

And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” [AI-Baqarah, 2:216]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said: There is for the servant -in this Aayah- a number of insightful guidelines, underlying benefits and advantages [of submitting to Allaah’s decisions]; for indeed if he knows that Al-Makrooh [i.e. what is hated] can bring forth Al-Mahboob [i.e. what is beloved], and vice versa, then neither would he feel safe from the harm that might occur from something that makes him happy nor would he lose hope whilst expecting a final source of happiness from a situation of harm. That is because he does not have [infinite] knowledge of the Awaaqib [i.e. the final outcomes], but Allaah knows that which he does not know.

There is nothing more beneficial for him than fulfilling Allaah’s commands, even if it is difficult for him in the beginning and his soul dislikes it, because all its end results will be good – a means to happiness, pleasure and joy. Likewise, there is nothing more harmful for him than doing what he has been forbidden, even if his soul desires and inclines towards it, for indeed all its end results [will lead to] pain, grief, evil and calamities. A distinguishing characteristic of [sound] intellect is that it prefers to bear little pain whose end results will lead to great enjoyment and abundant good, and it avoids that little enjoyment whose end results will lead to great pain and prolonged evil. The observations of an ignorant person do not permit him to [pay attention to the true or real] goals behind events that occur from the very beginning of an affair; but as for the sensible smart person, he always looks at the [true or real] goals behind those events. He looks at the praiseworthy and unpraiseworthy goals that are not obvious [to the ignorant one]. He sees what is forbidden as tasty food that is mixed with deadly poison; therefore, whenever he is urged towards eating that food due to its tastiness, he is turned away due to the poison in it. As for the commandments, he sees them as bitter medication that will lead to physical well-being and cure. Therefore, whenever he is turned away from the medication due to its bitterness, he is then urged towards it due to its benefits.

However, this requires outstanding knowledge by way of which a person can perceive the [praiseworthy and unpraiseworthy goals] behind those events that occur from the very beginning of an affair, as well as firm patience that would enable him to bear the difficulties upon the path towards achieving the expected goals. If he does not have certainty and patience, it would be difficult for him to achieve that; but if he has firm certainty and patience, he would be facilitated with ease whilst bearing every difficulty in his pursuit of everlasting good and enjoyment. [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Al-Fawaa’id’ pages 203-204. paraphrased] [Your feedback is welcome to improve the content of this article Jazaakumullaahu Khayran]

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